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Escape from Alcatraz (1979)

Alcatraz is the most secure prison of its time. It is believed that no one can ever escape from it, until three daring men make a possible successful attempt at escaping from one of the most infamous prisons in the world.

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Storyline

The true story of three inmates who attempt a daring escape from the infamous prison, Alcatraz Island. Although no-one had managed to escape before, bank robber Frank Morris masterminded this elaborately detailed and, as far as anyone knows, ultimately successful, escape. In 29 years, this seemingly impenetrable federal penitentiary, which housed Al Capone and "Birdman" Robert Stroud, was only broken once by three inmates never heard of again. Written by Niz

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No one has ever escaped from Alcatraz... And no one ever will!

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Biography | Crime | Drama

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22 June 1979 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Flucht von Alcatraz  »

Box Office

Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$36,500,000 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The Warden's line, "Alcatraz was built to keep all the rotten eggs in one basket" resembles a line in The Great Escape (1963). Commander Von Luger similarly states, "We have, in effect, put all our rotten eggs in one basket." See more »

Goofs

Coast Guard cutter searching for escapees has a red diagonal stripe painted on the hull near the bow. This stripe was not adopted by the Coast Guard until 1967. See more »

Quotes

Wolf: I'm Wolf. Where did they transfer you from?
Frank Morris: Atlanta.
Wolf: Nice town, Atlanta.
Frank Morris: I never saw it.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: JANUARY 18, 1960 SAN FRANCISCO See more »

Connections

Referenced in V.I.P.: Escape from Val-catraz (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

D Block Blues
by Gilbert Thomas Jr.
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Top-line prison movie
8 November 2001 | by (Tampa, FL) – See all my reviews

For some just the name of this prison gives excitement. 'The Rock' as they call it was the most famous prison around in that time and still is today. This is my favorite Clint Eastwood movies and is in my top-20 of all time. It is kind of a thriller in a way. The constant chance of Morris (Eastwood) getting caught was an edge-of-your-seat kind of feeling. The fact that they actually filmed the movie on Alcatraz Island was amazing. Alot of movies have not been able to actually film in the places where they have actually taken place. If you haven't seen this one yet, I suggest you go and rent it. I got lucky enough to get it on tape a while back for 5 bucks.


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